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The Daily Herald has promoted Jorge Rivera to the position of chief revenue officer and Laura Damron to the position of controller. Rivera joined the company in 2002. He created and launched La Raza, managed business operations for Seattle’s Child, served as publisher of The Weekly Herald and restructured the Daily Herald circulation department. Before joining The Herald 12 years ago, Damron managed multimillion-dollar loan portfolios and served as an operations specialist in the U.S. Navy.

The Orthopedic, Sports, Spine and Hand Center of Western Washington Medical Group in Everett has added Dr. Swastik Sinha to its team. Sinha completed his fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, served as a lecturer at the Princeton Review and completed his residency at the Atlanta Medical Center, where he received the Researcher of the Year award.

Providence Regional Medical Center has hired Dr. Joanne Roberts to be chief medical officer. Roberts succeeds Dr. Larry Schecter, who was promoted to chief medical officer for the Providence Western Washington Region. Most recently, Roberts served as the division chief of medicine.

1st Security Bank has promoted Craig Brown to the position of vice president, indirect sales. He will lead the company’s home-improvement lending and marine-financing divisions, covering markets in Washington and Oregon. With more than 25 years experience in the Pacific Northwest, Brown has been instrumental in establishing the marine financing program.

Ron Claessen has been named as senior vice president, commercial lending, for 1st Security Bank. A graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, Claessen has more than 30 years of experience. Prior to joining 1st Security Bank, he held positions with US Bank and Sterling Savings Bank.


Wells Fargo Insurance is offering a free seminar in Seattle to help companies prepare for the 2014 U.S. Affordable Care Act. Registration begins at noon for the event Tuesday at the One Union Square Boardroom. Light lunch will be served.

Business and community leaders will gather to hear Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon address the county’s key developments of 2012 and plans for the coming year. The event is Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Everett Golf &Country Club. Registration and networking starts at 7 a.m. Call Economic Alliance Snohomish County at 425-248-4227 for reservations.

Aesthetician Lori Bernethy will offer a free informational presentation on time-saving permanent makeup at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Snohomish Naturopathic Clinic. It’s a chance to ask questions and find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure. The clinic is at 1101 Avenue D in Snohomish. Call 360-568-2686 to register.

The next Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours is to be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday. It will be held in the Canoes Cabaret at the Tulalip Resort Casino. Reid Shockey, president of SCCIT, will speak on local transportation issues. Cost is $23 with pre-registration or $28 at the door. To register, email admin@marysville or call 360-659-7700.

Solarize Mukilteo, a community-led initiative to bring solar energy to homes and businesses in ZIP code 98275 and surrounding areas, will offer free educational workshops. The first is at 9 a.m. Saturday at Mukilteo City Hall. Solarize Mukilteo is a collaborative effort of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development, Snohomish County PUD and a team of local volunteers. More information is at

United Way of Snohomish County’s Volunteer Appreciation Night at the Everett AquaSox will be at 6:40 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett. The organization will also present the winner of this year’s Roger Bouck Award for Volunteerism at the game. Any Snohomish County resident who volunteered with any organization is eligible for free tickets for them and their family. To reserve tickets, please call 425-374-5530 or email

Sterling Gurney, an Edward Jones financial advisor, will host a coffee club at 10 a.m. every first Thursday of the month. The next is Aug. 7 in the Edward Jones office at 602 Second St., Suite C, in Snohomish. For more information, call 360-563-1042.

The Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce will present the 30th annual A Taste of Edmonds Aug. 10-12 at the Civic Playfield, 310 Sixth Ave. N. in Edmonds. Admission is $3 but those under 13 get in free. The event features 40 food booths, more than 70 vendors and a children’s area. For information, call 425-670-1496 ext. 3 or go to

Join leaders from every business sector in the Snohomish County region to network at the second annual Economic Alliance Snohomish County Summer Networking event. The event is from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Strato Deck at the Future of Flight in Mukilteo. Call Economic Alliance Snohomish County at 425-248-4227 for reservations.


Owners of established small businesses can learn how to grow their companies through the Small Business Accelerator program starting Sept. 19 at Everett Community College’s Corporate &Continuing Education Center. Space is limited to the first 20 who sign up for the 10-month program. To learn more, attend an information session on Aug. 22, Sept. 5 or Sept. 10 or go to www.

Everett’s Goldfinch Brothers, led by CEO Greg Goldfinch, is providing the windows for the new Bullitt Center in Seattle. The Bullitt Center is said to be the greenest commercial building in the world. Goldfinch recently became the exclusive North American manufacturer of the highly efficient Shuco window system.

Workforce Development Council Snohomish County is recruiting two AmeriCorps VISTA members to support the Investing in Families initiative as it works to end family homelessness in Snohomish County. The organization also seeks an AmeriCorps program assistant to coordinate with one-stop staff and partners for effective job placement for people with disabilities. For more information about the positions, go to

Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office is accepting nominations for a 2012 Corporations for Communities Award. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 31. Reed will choose one large and one small corporation from among public nominations. Nomination forms can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at


Western Washington Medical Group says seven of its specialists have been named to Seattle magazine’s “Top Doctors” lists for 2012. For the second year, Sanjeev Garhwal, Budge Smith, George Moore, Mark Gunning and David Russian have been recognized for excellence by peers. T. Spark Corwin and Brian Fong were recognized this year.

Jim Clarke, vice president and financial consultant with D.A. Davidson &Co.’s Edmonds office, and Jeff Biermanski, vice president and financial consultant with D.A. Davidson &Co.’s Everett office, have completed the course work required for the Certified Wealth Strategist designation. The program is designed to help consultants exceed client expectations regarding wealth management advice and solutions.

Snyder Roofing of Washington in Snohomish was recently presented with the 2012 Firestone Building Products Partner in Quality Award. The company was among 193 roofing contractors throughout North America honored. Firestone presents the award to contractors who install a minimum number of warranted Firestone roofs in each of the past five years as well as other requirements.

Good deeds

Massage Envy will be providing active-duty military members and their spouses a free one-hour therapeutic massage session at all Puget Sound area Massage Envy locations Monday. In partnership with the USO Puget Sound Area, this second annual Massage for the Military Day honors local heroes and their families and provides beneficial stress relief through massage.

Members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 raised more than $40,000 for Guide Dogs of America in June with a series of community events. The events included a fun run in Everett, a motorcycle poker run, a Tulalip Casino poker tournament and a prize drawing. District 751 is the top fundraiser in North America for Guide Dogs of America.

Silver Lake Safeway store manager Bob Schroeder recently presented a $2,800 check to the Everett Gospel Mission. Safeway partnered with Kraft to reward select food banks that partnered with Safeway during a holiday food drive last December. Silver Lake Safeway is at 11031 19th Ave. SE in Everett.

Union Bank and the Everett AquaSox are teaming up for the second year to sponser the Strikeouts for Schools program. For every strikeout recorded by AquaSox pitchers in 2012, Union Bank gives $20 to the Everett Public Schools Foundation. Last season, the AquaSox pitching staff recorded 625 strikeouts for a contribution of $12,500.

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation has awarded more than $18,000 in scholarships to more than a dozen students from across Washington who are planning to study wine- or grape-related fields. The funds were from four scholarships: the Walter J. Clore scholarship, the Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers scholarship, the John Farmer scholarship and the S. W. (Bill) Preston scholarship. More information is at

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